Reconstructing records poses a huge challenge

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 09/03/2005 - 18:35

Baltimore Sun Reporter Michael Dresser writes with authorities still trying to restore order in New Orleans and provide essential services and count the dead along the Gulf Coast, most rescue personnel had little time to worry about documents that might have been lost in the storm.
But archivists and others across the country were turning their attention to what could become an increasingly vexing problem as people try to rebuild their lives: the potential destruction of the vital records of births, deaths, wills, marriages, divorces and property ownership.